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A MINKE WHALE IN NIEUWPOORT

11/03/2013


A minke whale in Nieuwpoort

Young minke whale (© MUMM | BMM | UGMM)

On Sunday 10 March 2013, a minke whale was washed ashore on the beach of Nieuwpoort. The animal was brought to the University of Liège where there will be a scientific autopsy.

The young minke whale is a male of about 3,40 m long and very thin. He probably died on the beach, the corpse was very fresh.

Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) live in all oceans and seas. They are the smallest and most common whale of the northern North Sea. Minke whales are rarely seen in the southern part of the North Sea, at our coast. They eat small pelagic fish such as herring.

There are only 3 known strandings of minke whales in Belgium: Blankenberge (1931), in the Scheldt, Hemiksem (1865) and in Blankenberge (1837). In 2004 a minke whale was found at sea. In the Netherlands there have been a few strandings in the last years.

UPDATE: There was a clear but sad cause of death: in the stomach they found about 400 g of plastic bags. The plastic obstructed the intestines, so the animal could not feed and starved to death.

Read more on the MUMM site & UPDATE